Rip Current

Science / Weather / Rip Current: It is formed by a strong surface water movement, or current, of a short duration that flows seaward from the shore. The return flow is piled up onshore by the incoming waves and wind. It is localized, of narrow width, and its position relative to the beach can change as the wave condition changes. Therefore, the higher the waves, the stronger the current.

Other Words for Current

Current Noun Synonyms: course, progress, tendency, tenor, drift, trend, inclination, mainstream
Current Adjective Synonyms: contemporary, ongoing, present, contemporaneous, simultaneous, coeval

Other Words for Rip

Rip Verb Synonyms: tear (apart or asunder), rend, be torn or rent, split, cut (apart)
Rip Adjective Synonyms: tear, rent, split, gash, slash, rift, cleft, rupture

Littoral Current

Science / Tides and Currents / Littoral Current: A current in the littoral zone such as a long shore or rip current. MORE

Long Shore Current

Science / Tides and Currents / Long Shore Current: A current paralleling the shore largely within the surf zone. It is caused by the excess water brought to the zone by the small net mass transport of wind waves. Long shore currents feed into rip curr MORE

Rotary Current

Science / Tides and Currents / Rotary Current: A tidal current that flows continually with the direction of flow changing through all points of the compass during the tidal period. Rotary currents are usually found offshore where the direction of MORE